Promised Land, Beer Barrel Polka, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It on Down the Line, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, El Paso, U.S. Blues, Greatest Story Ever Told, It Must Have Been The Roses, Me And Bobby McGee, Deal Mississippi Half Step, Truckin'-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> The Other One-> Heaven Help The Fool Jam-> Row Jimmy, Big River, Ship of Fools, Sugar Magnolia
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August 22, 2013 Subject:
The playing on this show is very hot, but also pretty rough and tumble. Keith in particular is wailing in this show, and the only one who seems un-distracted by the Washoe Zephyr stuff. The first set is uneven, but China>Rider El Paso, US Blues, and Deal are very nice.
The second set starts off rather blandly, but stick around for the great Truckin>Nobody's>Other One>MLBJ, which is at times both fiery and loose limbed, and contains some wonderful passages, and a gorgeous country flavored MLB to end things. This part of the show really grew on me and is worthy of many repeat listens, but honestly the rest is a bit forgettable.
March 30, 2010 Subject:
Reno 74, the poster, Soda etc...
Go here for my story about this show. typical GD weird all the way around. I love it.
March 12, 2009 Subject:
Washoe zephyr show
Sure there's an interesting Jam in the second set, but this ones a real stinker. (90 pts)
March 12, 2009 Subject:
Everyone's a critic
What's not right about this show? So it's windy! I think they more than got it done. And the set list doesn't suck either! Good representation of the '74 Dead.
March 12, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" May 12, 1974, at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV, U.S.A.
I hear it was a windy day...After downloading the show, remember to click the "DeadLists Project" link to download the cool poster.........
...But I would slave to learn the ways to sink your ship of fools...
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love from 1974
December 20, 2007 Subject:
Isolated pockets of magic
Promised Land is mixed horribly, with just Bobby's voice and a little bit of drums for the first minute or so.
There are words forgotten all over the place (Really, Bobby? Of all things, you forget the words to The Other One? Haha...oh well, everyone gets a mulligan once in a while)
Truckin'>NFBM>The Other One>MLB... is good, but Row Jimmy stops it dead, IMO. There's still some legitimate weirdness inside this jam, however. A real spacey jam, very tense and almost gaseous if you can dig what I mean!
July 13, 2006 Subject:
Heaven Help The Fool?
That jam after TOO is the Mind Left Body Jam.
This show is not bad. I have only listened to it once but had to post about the mis-labelled jam!
I would rate this a 3 when compared to other 1974 shows and other peak years. I would rate it a 4 when compared to all the shows the band did.
The sound is very good as well, once the speakers stopped flying around.
December 7, 2005 Subject:
Blow down in Reno
I was attending my 2nd show, windowpane was the treat du jour, and I had a wonderful time. It was very windy, The Wall of Sound was rocking and swaying, everything in pure meltdown. It was a small crowd, at one point I think Bobby asked if there was any requests.A plane flew over during the Jam and dropped something. Anyone else see that? It's great to hear it all again. Thanks to all at archive and Many Thanks to the band.
July 29, 2005 Subject:
See, now that interests me. Knowing what Jerry thought of my favorite shows. Scrappy, huh? I disagree. This is a solid show, and contains the best jam portion until 5/19.
May 30, 2005 Subject:
The worst show I ever attended... until Boreal,(must be something about that neck of the woods)but oddly enough, after streaming parts of this show, it doesn't seem quite so awful. The sound, once it settles down, is pretty respectable. It was just so damned windy, I didn't enjoy it a bit at the time. In my defense, Garcia commented backstage after the show that they played real "scrappy" and wouldn't blame anybody for demanding their money back. Eh, you pay your money, and take your chance, but watching the veins in Donna's neck bulge while ruining yet another Greatest Story, I could have lived without. The Truckin > Jam > Other One is decent enough,(think I hear "This Time Forever" in there somewhere)but ending up with Row Jimmy really throws cold water on it. Big River is OK. I've held off downloading any of this show, because there are so many better ones to pick from this period. 3 stars for the Jam, 2 for the show.
February 7, 2005 Subject:
Mothers Day 1974
Sunday, May 12, 1974 was Mother's Day. My first ever Dead show, and was Mom ever pissed. Clearly, I made the right choice. (Sorry Mom) The Washoe Zephyer was really cranking that day. The stage was set up so that the wind was coming from the band's back toward us. Seemed like that Wall of Sound was the one doing the blowing, especially when Phil launched some bombs! Great set- what can I say? Ones first Dead show is a very special time in a young mans life. Promised Land in this mix starts off pretty rocky- kind of an a capella version! Then the mix settles down and it's crisp and clear. Great banter. I was close to the front on stage right and right before China Cat, Phil says something about recognizing someone from Lahina... to this day, I swear he was pointing at and talking to me. However, I couldn't speak at the time, being overwhelmed with the experience, etc.(windowpane) A Dead epiphany and another perfect Dead Day. Give this one a five for sentimental reasons, as well as song selection and sound. Thank you so many times for such an amazing site and the opportunity to revisit all these places. Having not been in a tapers community, I have had to rely on Dicks Picks. This site is a God send!
February 3, 2005 Subject:
McNally's book says that during this outdoor show a very strong wind, the Washoe zephyr, blew down out of the Sierra with such force that the new wall of sound was being blown about, with gigantic speakers spinning over the musicians' heads (p. 473)... So, if this show isn't the best (i haven't listened yet), or the jams seem uninspired, well, folks were scared of being horribly smashed!
Reviewer:Ox Fall Down
September 21, 2004 Subject:
gets an A. Even if Garcia's guitar during the UJB jam isn't fully articulate. A nice, short night. Very good sound and mix.
May 17, 2004 Subject:
The common theme here
is to praise our precious discoveries and brilliant musical moments. However, I wanted to point out a weak performance from an otherwise excellent era. The vocals are strained, the jams seem forced and the energy is rather low. Not the best that 1974 has to offer.